Darren Briseno, P.A.-C., is a certified physician assistant and sees patients in the office of Orthopedic Surgeon David Bortel, M.D.
Darren was drawn to the field of orthopedics and trauma based on his previous experience as a physical therapy assistant for four years and a physician assistant while serving in the U.S. Army for 12 years.
Philosophy of Care
“What I like the most about orthopedic surgery is that we’re able to help people get back to doing the activities they enjoy the most,” he said. “I think this is so important to me because I don’t like being limited myself.”
Darren believes that patients need to take ownership in their overall health and recovery and he encourages them to do the best they can to take care of themselves. “I’m excited to be working with Dr. Bortel,” he said. “I’ve spoken with many people in the community that he’s helped over the years and they all comment that he’s exceptional at what he does. I’ve also personally noticed that even though he may have performed a procedure thousands of times, he approaches it every time with the same passion and care as if it were the first.”
Special Interests and Procedures
After seeing so many sports-related injuries and traumas over the years during his time serving in the army, Darren is excited to see what happens next and the role orthopedic surgery plays in the patient’s overall recovery. “When I was in the army, I took care of the patient’s immediate injury and then shipped them off to the orthopedic surgeon,” he said. “I never knew what happened with the patient once they left my care. Now I have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of care from the patient’s pre- and post-operative care, as well as throughout their recovery process and rehabilitation.”
Darren is married and he and his wife have three children. His wife also works as a physician assistant. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, rock climbing, skiing, scuba diving, martial arts and living out his faith. “I have enthusiasm for lifelong learning, being challenged and being adventurous,” he added.